Cosmetically restored BDZ (Bulgarian State run Railway) steam loco No. 35.05 is captured on public display at Tsareva Livada station on 25th July 2019. Dating from a batch of 2-6-2T Tanks built by Honomag between 1911-1916 it is one of an eventual batch of locomotives that worked branch lines and sometimes main line expresses. Another Class 35 Tank No. 35.02 is also displayed in a similar fashion at Montana station in northwestern Bulgaria. Once based at Gorna Oryahovitsa this loco must have enjoyed a busy and interesting career shedded at such a major railway location. Unfortunately, due to communist rule little information or records exist if any along with photographs being about as rare as hens teeth. Photographing the railways during the Soviet era was strictly forbidden with any one caught doing so would be treated as a spy!.
Stephen Ginn       


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